I'm seeing more and more of this sadly, people who can't be bothered to drive around tortoise, slow down, or as i'm increasingly seeing deliberately drive over these extraordinary special creatures. come on people, with 75 million odd followers on this feed let's stop this please. we need these guys in the ecosystem. see more of my work and projects here @natgeo and @chancellordavid#absolutelylovetortoise#tortoise#stoproadkilling
Photograph by @thomaspeschak the climate and oceanography of the galapagos is incredibly complex and contrasting. the ocean surrounding the western islands is so cold that warm water species like green sea turtles leave the sea to bask on beaches to heat up. at the same time the air temperatures are stifling hot and this "well insulated" sea lion has to venture into the water to cool off. shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for the june 2017 story galápagos: life in balance. in collaboration with @darwinfound#galapagosnationalpark@fonassociation#paulmangellfoundation#followme natgeo photographer @thomaspeschak to see a photo of giant tortoises sleeping in the crater of a volcano.
Video by @renan_ozturk // lucky strike. this was the first shot on location for the @natgeochannel#explorer show "the yellow brick road" which airs tonight at 10pm est /9 central! the show exposes the true path of conflict gold that is used for our jewelry, our phones and computers. our journey started here in goma and went on to visit warlords deep in the jungle of north kivu as well as government certified 'conflict free' gold mines and other parts of the supply chain. in this particular location we saw the drastic differences in wealth in the community generated from the gold and other minerals. the official stats in how much gold comes out of north kivu is zero, but we filmed quite the opposite. there is a lot to this important story, watch the show tonight night to find out more! #conflictgold#drc#congo ~
Image by @joelsartore | on this #pollinatormonday we are shining the spotlight on the rusty-spotted genet, which is perhaps the least-known pollinator. this cat-like carnivore is from sub-saharan africa and is primarily a meat eater, but is also known to frequent nectar-laden flowers for a sweet treat after a big meal. due to its large home range, the genet can transport pollen on its fur to other nectar-bearing plants of the same species. researchers don't think it frequents flowers as often as other pollinators, but its ability to move pollen around makes it valuable in fertilizing plant species over great distances. in other words, the rusty-spotted genet helps save the forest!
to see another image of this genet, check out @joelsartore!
photo taken @millerparkzoo in bloomington, illinois.
Video by @bertiegregory. a wild peacock displaying in yala national park, sri lanka. despite his incredible tail fan, the peahens just didn't seem interested. it's amazing to think that this male will shed and a grow a new fan each year, all in the name of reproduction! shot during a leopard assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto. follow @bertiegregory to see a closeup and for other wildlife adventures!
a juvenile trevally seeks cover in a night sea as it rides a drifting leaf. our "black water" team guided by scott gutsy tuason, lowered a scaffold of light into the dark currents in a deep channel off moalboal, philippines and waited to see what might come to investigate. many creatures from the depths rise to feed at night, some are attracted by the light, others liked this little trevally were just passersby trying not to be noticed by predators. his magic carpet leaf passed through our lights quickly back into the safety of the dark.
from on assignment with @natgeo for philippines: an ocean nation with #leandroblanco and @jenniferhayesig#ocean#philippines#coraltriangle#beauty @thephotosociety
for #moreocean follow this assignment at @daviddoubilet
Photo: @andy_mann // lemon sharks gather at the surface during dusk in the bahamas. this particular species enjoy the many benefits of group living such as enhanced communication and courtship. it's a true honor to spend time in the water with these amazing apex predators. // #followme@andy_mann to go into the depths at night with our finned friends.
Photo by @chamiltonjames words by @chrisfagan_uac on assignment in the peruvian amazon. huni kuin girls patiently await breakfast in the community of curanjillo near peru’s alto purús national park. contacted by missionaries in the mid-1900’s, the huni kuin live in small villages in the peru—brazil borderlands and survive mainly on subsistence hunting, fishing and tending small gardens. peccary, tapir, monkeys and giant catfish provide a protein-rich diet, but living in the most remote part of the amazon if not the world has its challenges. access to medicine, proper schooling and other government services is limited. plus, they reluctantly share the forest with still-isolated tribes who raid the huni kuin’s gardens and occasionally villages during their seasonal migrations.
Photo @ladzinski / with an estimated 10,000 thermal features, there is no place on earth like #yellowstonenationalpark. this photo here is of #lakeshoregeyser on the fringe of the iconic #yellowstonelake, a long exposure giving it this ethereal feel. in many ways, #memorialdayweekend in the united states is the kick-off of the season for national parks, especially in higher altitudes where many of the roads have been covered in snow. it's a time where these roads are re-opened and the season for visitors from all around the world begins. @yellowstonenps
Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone) - the monte corona (crown mountain) lava tube system on the canary island of lanzarote is one of the world’s classic lava tubes. this lava tube was formed during the eruptions of monte corona volcano some 3,000 - 4,500 years ago. pictured here, a cave explorer wades through one of the many long lakes deep inside cueva los lagos lava tube. although surface temperatures are stiflingly hot on this spanish canary island, the water is icy cold and comes as quite a shock.
Photo by @renan_ozturk // excited to share the @natgeochannel#explorer show "the yellow brick road" which airs this monday, may 29 10/9c! the show exposes the true path of conflict gold that is used for our jewelry, our phones and computers. it was one of the most exciting shoots of our lives as we documented as many sides of the story as possible, visiting warlords deep in the jungle of north kivu as well as government certified 'conflict free' gold mines. the man pictured paused for a moment in the middle of his manual labor in one of the government mines we visited. there is a lot to this important story, watch the show monday night to find out more! #conflictgold#drc#congo ~
film crew included @j.j.kelley@taylorfreesolo@elaishastokes@taniarashid@aldo_astoria and many crucial local fixers who made it happen!
Photo by @petekmuller. ben van der waal, a south african ichthyologist (fish biologist) climbs out of the cubango river in angola after an evening collecting specimens. ben has been collecting fish species in southern africa for nearly 40 years. he and a team of other field biologists and botanists form a critical component of the @intotheokavango wilderness project which aims, in part, to chart biodiversity along the major tributaries leading into the okavango delta in northern botswana. evening sampling with ben and his colleague, paul skelton, is one of my favorite activities on the expedition. #intotheokavango#cubango2017#expedition#biodiversity#science#angola#cubango#river#africa#adventure
Photograph by @thomaspeschak in the galápagos some groups of sea lions have learned how to hunt yellowfin tuna. in small bands they intercept the schools and drive them into convoluted dead end bays. the sea lions trap them in crevices or push them onto rocky shores where they dispatch the fish with a bite to the head. shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine in 2016. i believe this is the first time that this behavior has been photographed. check out the june 2017 issue of @natgeo magazine for my story on galápagos and climate change. in collaboration with @darwinfound#galapagosnationalpark@fonassociation#paulmangellfoundation to see a close up of this galápagos sea lion guarding its catch follow @thomaspeschak